Melody Kramer is a lucky girl. First, she landed her dream job as a writer and editor for National Geographic Magazine. Then she entered the Philly Fashionistas’ Reader Makeover Contest and won. And last but not least, she was lucky enough to get her makeover from Pawel Jan, co-owner for Architeqt Salon & Gallery.
Melody, a recent graduate of Penn, was so excited about her makeover that her mom and brother came along for the fun. For as long as she could remember, Melody had the same hairstyle and was SO ready for a change. Her medium-length, curly dark brown hair wasn’t really doing much for her pretty face. Pawel knew immediately how he could help bring out her beautiful features—especially her big, brown eyes.
Pawel first applied Ombre Highlights to the last 6-8 inches of her hair. This process took a long time, but the end result was well worth it. After washing out the highlights, he did something unusual: he dried Melody’s hair. Architeqt Salon specializes in “dry cutting” which is said to be far superior to traditional wet cuts. The stylist can see where the natural curls are and can see the actual shape of the cut. Dry cutting takes a little longer, but if you ask Melody, she would tell you it was well worth it.
Architeqt Salon & Gallery (located at 265 South 10th Street in Washington Square West) may not look like much from the street, but once you enter inside it’s just COOL. And while the space makes a great hair salon, it also doubles as an art gallery. It has a great vibe with exposed brick and beautiful lighting. Even the bathroom is gorgeous! They specialize in “everything hair” meaning they don’t do facials, waxing or any other spa services which I think it a good thing. Pawel and his partner Alexey Kats have a clear focus of what they do well and it’s apparently working! Rave reviews are pouring in.
While Melody was getting her new “do”, Kamaila Sanders, the fashion editor and creative director for Philly Fashionistas, was asking about ways she could style her hair. Instead of simply answering her question, they whisked her to Brittiany Cunningham’s chair for a quick hair fix. Brittiany (yes, the spelling is correct) assured Kamaila she could work with her hair and could she ever. Check out her before and after photos.
Thanks to Architeqt Salon for a beautiful makeover and a great night. Keep checking our site as we’re planning a super fun event there for you and your friends.